Imported GPS equipment may be duty-free, and domestic industry faces challenges
According to media reports, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said China and the United States have made breakthroughs in negotiations to eliminate tariffs on information technology products, which he expects will lay the groundwork for the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) negotiations in Geneva at the end of the year. Froman said that China and the United States have reached an agreement on the expansion of ITA on the evening of the 10th, and will implement zero tariffs on a variety of technology products, GPS equipment is among them, and the rest of the technology products mainly include medical equipment, video game consoles, semiconductors and other new products.
It is crucial that the United States and China reach an ITA agreement
The ITA came into force in April 1997 and China pledged to join the agreement in its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations. The agreement exempts a number of high-tech products from tariffs, covering six categories of products: computer equipment and parts, communication equipment, semiconductor equipment and parts, software, and scientific instruments. However, with the development of science and technology, the above 4 categories of product range can no longer well cover the current technology products, and the product catalog has hardly changed since the ITA agreement came into force for 6 years. Therefore, the United States, the European Union and Japan have been seeking to expand the types of duty-free goods covered by the agreement to adapt to the latest social environment.
Wang Shouwen, assistant minister of commerce of China, said at a briefing by Chinese and foreign media on November 11 that the ITA enlargement negotiations are a very important negotiation under the WTO framework, involving a global trade volume of US$4 trillion, while the total global trade in goods is about US$3 trillion.
At the end of May 2013, it was reported that the United States and China could reach an agreement within two months. However, in November 5, the United States abruptly announced that it had suspended the negotiations, causing the expansion talks to run aground. The main reason for the stalled negotiations is that China and the United States disagree on whether more than 2013 products, including semiconductor chips, should be added to the expansion list. This is also the reason why progress has been slow since the ITA member countries launched expansion negotiations in 11, and it is difficult for member states to agree on the list of products to be expanded.
The agreement between China and the United States is crucial to the IT Agreement's goal of expanding the tax-free category. According to the plan, the agreement between China and the United States will be submitted to the 54 economies participating in the ITA negotiations in Geneva for ratification. U.S. officials said they were confident those economies would ratify the agreement because the United States had previously consulted with other countries.
According to the content released by the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the expanded ITA will cover 200 tariff lines, including medical devices, GPS devices, video game consoles, game software and next-generation semiconductors, which will be the first significant tariff reduction in the WTO in nearly 17 years.
"Urban development cannot be separated from three-dimensional space and time. Temporal and spatial information is the best reference and best record of urban development." Li Weisen, deputy director of the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping, popularized his vision of a smart city from a professional perspective: Smart cities rely on modern information technologies such as the Internet of Things and cloud computing, supported by spatiotemporal information, to solidify human information into the construction, management, operation, service, and development of cities, forming intelligent operations that do not or rarely rely on humans
According to the relevant person in charge, in the field of centimeter level high-precision GNSS navigation and positioning technology, the Nebulas II (UC4C0) chip has reached international leading levels in technology, various indicators, and other aspects. The receiver board developed based on this chip can reduce its size by more than half.
According to media reports, US Trade Representative Michael Froman stated that China and the United States have made breakthroughs in negotiations to eliminate tariffs on information technology products. He expects these breakthroughs to lay the foundation for the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) negotiations to be held in Geneva at the end of the year. Froman said that China and the United States have reached an agreement on ITA expansion on the evening of the 10th, which will implement zero tariffs on various technology products, including GPS equipment. The other technology products mainly include medical equipment, video game consoles, semiconductors, and other new products.
At present, China has successfully launched 4 BeiDou navigation test satellites and 16 BeiDou navigation satellites. The second step of the "Three Step" strategy for the construction of BeiDou navigation engineering - the BeiDou satellite navigation regional network has been successfully achieved. The accuracy and level of the BeiDou navigation system in the Asia Pacific region is no less than that of the GPS global positioning system. He stated that China should accelerate the formulation and improvement of relevant policies for the navigation industry, and guide its orderly development.
According to the official website of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Salvatore Shakitano, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), recently replied to the Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC), explicitly accepting the commitment made by Feng Zhenglin, Director of CAAC, on behalf of the Chinese government, to make the BeiDou ("Beidou System" for short) public service to ICAO. This marks the official consensus between China and ICAO on the Beidou system serving global civil aviation applications, laying a solid foundation for the subsequent review and formal inclusion of Beidou system standards in ICAO standards, and ultimately achieving the Beidou system serving global civil aviation applications.
Unmanned agricultural machinery used for farming in the fields, fishing boats used for ocean fishing, navigation software in mobile phones... In an increasing number of navigation and positioning scenarios, there is a similar Chinese core hidden - the "Beidou". According to data released by the China Satellite Navigation and Positioning Association, as of the end of 2020, the sales of domestically produced Beidou compatible chips and modules had exceeded 150 million pieces, with quarterly shipments exceeding 10 million pieces. The total social ownership of terminal products with Beidou positioning function exceeded 1 billion units, and the domestic output value of the Beidou system industry chain reached 403.3 billion yuan.